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Landscape Architecture Students Help Rebuild Stormwater Systems in Philadelphia

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Students work together to remove the overgrown weeds

Wilson Lee, a junior in Penn State’s landscape architecture program, wiped the sweat and dirt from his brow under a hot October sun. Along a busy street in the heart of central Philadelphia, Lee joined a group of other Penn State students, staff and community volunteers to revamp two green infrastructure sites in the city he calls home.

“I’ve been around central Philly a lot and have seen places similar to this throughout the city,” Lee said. “It’s nice to come in and rehabilitate my community with projects and rain gardens like this. Everyone who has walked by has been appreciative of what we’re doing.”

Lee, his peers and nearly 40 other volunteers participated in the Water Blues, Green Solutions Stormwater Management Project on Saturday, Oct. 5. The initiative was coordinated by Penn State Cooperative Extension, Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture and Penn State Public Media. For the full story, click here.